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Life in Y5 - A Family Guide!

Year 5 coverage in Terms 1 and 2


In maths, over the course of Terms 1 and 2 we will be working on:

  • Number and Place Value, including being able to: read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1,000,000; round numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, and 100,000; solve number and practical problems that involve ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000; use negative numbers in context when looking at temperature or money, counting forward and backwards through 0; and read Roman numerals up to 1,000 and recognise years written in them.
  • Adding and Subtracting numbers with more than 4 digits using formal written methods, including problem solving using the operation and method which is best suited.
  • Multiplication and Division, including: multiples/factors/prime numbers; multiply numbers with up to 4 digits by a 1 or 2-digit number using formal written methods; divide numbers with up to 4 digits by a 1-digit number, using formal written methods; multiply and divide whole and decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000; identify and use square and cube numbers; and solve problems involving all of the above.
  • Perimeter and Area, including: how to measure; the difference between; and solving problems involving perimeter and area.


In literacy, over the course of Terms 1 and 2, we will be working on:

Reading and discussing the book Wonder;

Writing a persuasive Holiday Advertisement; and

Writing a scary story based on the short-film Alma.


Book-talk improves children’s confidence in reading, comprehension and inference skills.

Every morning from 9-9:30, pupils work in their book-talk groups, reading a specific text suited to their reading level. Children are given a specific prompt to challenge them to analyse their reading, from which they feedback to the class the information which pertains to their text; using a key sentence starter and evidence to support their findings. Points are awarded to groups by the class for their information, with Dojos being awarded to the winning team each week.


  1. week pupils will be given a new spelling rule which they will practise both in class and at home. They will then be tested on words relating to this rule on a Friday morning. Children will also learn 3 ‘Orange Jumping Words’ each week, which are words which do not follow any rule.

Times Tables

Every week children are asked to practise their times tables (both multiplication and division facts) which are then tested on a Friday morning. Children are trying to achieve all 30 multiplication and division facts correctly, in either a 3-minute time or the more challenging 1-minute time. The outcome of the testing, determines what times table the children practise for the following week.

Topic Work

In the afternoon we usually spend 20 minutes after lunch working on different ways to embed the spelling rule for that week, after which time children attend the daily assembly in the hall. The assemblies take various forms and usually follow a Religious theme which can be led by either a teacher, the children or a visitor to the school. Following assembly, Year 5 and half of the Year 4 class, join together to learn through the foundation subject’s curriculum. In terms 1 and 2 we are following the theme of ‘The Deep Blue’ where we are looking at various aspects of our amazing oceans, including learning about such things as: the layers of the ocean; the Great Barrier Reef; the Drebbel submarine; Jacques Cousteau; famous shipwrecks; food chains/webs; animal adaptations; fish printing and sea scapes; and many other interesting things related to our oceans.

As part of our diverse and enriching curriculum, the children also receive a weekly religious education lesson, where in Terms 1 and 2 we are looking at Christianity and how Jesus is represented in such things as music, films and literature etc.

Each term, children also choose an enrichment activity which they do on a Friday afternoon. These activities could include such things as; cooking, singing, dancing, sporting games and crafting and gardening activities.


Thank you. Mrs Hood